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Language Classes

The Language Centre currently run a Language for Non-Specialists (LNS) programme which includes classes in over 20 languages at a variety of levels. The language taught is of a practical nature. These courses allow for progression from one level to the next, while not precluding first admission above the lowest level.

Pick a language to learn

Select from 22 languages below to see full details:

 Arabic Language Flag


 ‌Hindi Language Flag


 ‌Brazilian Portuguese

Portuguese (Brazilian)

 Bengali Language Flag




 ‌Romanian flag




Italian Language Flag


Russian Language Flag


 ‌Cornish flag


Japanese Language Flag Japanese Spanish Language Flag Spanish
 Catalan Language Flag


Korean Language Flag 


Swedish Language Flag 


 ‌Dutch Language Flag


Latin Language Flag 


Turkish Language Flag 


 French Language Flag


Chinese Language Flag 

Mandarin Chinese

Ulster Scots Language Flag 

Ulster Scots

German Flag


Polish Language Flag 


Urdu flag 


Greek Language Flag

Greek (Modern)

Portuguese Language Flag



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Quicklink to Timetable and Venue information for all language courses


  • What are the course fees?

    There are different fees depending on registration type. All course fees are payable on enrolment.

    • Student fee: £20.00
    • Staff fee: £20.00
    • General Public: £88.00
  • How often do I attend?

    Classes, which usually last two hours, are held weekly, as far as possible outside normal university teaching hours (e.g. late afternoon, early evening, some are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon) and run for 10 weeks starting in October and again in January .  We also run 9 weeks classes starting after Easter.  These classes are 2.25 hours long.

  • How do I enrol?

    Enrolment is available online from the September, November and March preceding the course start date. Early enrolment is recommended as courses are popular and often fill up quickly.

    Language Courses run three times per year starting in October, January and again in April. 

  • Are these courses accredited?

    A Queen's Certificate will be awarded to all students who attend regularly. A minimum of 70% attendance is required for certification. All Language classes (Languages for Non-Specialist courses) now count towards the University's Degree Plus Award.  

    More information on Degree Plus:


  • Course Terms and Conditions


    1.  You must be a minimum of 18 years old to register for any Language Centre course.
    2. The course administration fee is due with registration. This fee does not include any optional external examination.
    3. The course text book, if recommended, should be purchased.  Should a class be cancelled any texts purchased are non-refundable by the Language Centre.
    4. If you fail to attend three or more LNS classes without consulting the Language Centre office, you will be considered to have formally withdrawn and your place may be offered to someone else. This does not apply to Certificate courses.
    5. Any request for a class change can only be made in consultation with the Language Centre and depends upon the availability of places.  Any student wishing to change class must do see by Friday of the first week of classes.  Under no circumstance is it possible to join a class after week 3.
    6. The Language Centre reserves the right to change fees and charges without notice.
    7. The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel any course which does not recruit a viable number of students.  A full refund will be made in these circumstances.
    8. The Language Centre will endeavour to keep to the published timetable, but reserves the right to alter times/dates in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  Should a student consequently be unable to attend, a full refund will be made.
    9. The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel classes in the event of teacher absence.  In such cases the teacher will endeavour to find a mutually agreeable time with the majority of students to re-schedule classes.  No refunds will be made in the event of some students being unable to subsequently attend.
    10. The University does not accept responsibility for loss of personal belongings left unattended or in unlocked rooms.
    11. All refunds before the start of the course must be requested in writing.  Please note that while Queen's do not charge for issuing refunds, EVENTBRITE have introduced an administration fee of 6%.  Consequently refunds are paid as follows (less 6% of the course fee)
    Semester 1
    Before 29 September – full refund
    30 September to 6 October – 50% refund
    No refunds available from 7 October
    12. Refunds are not normally paid after the beginning of classes. Any such request must be made in writing to the Language Centre Manager and must be related to reasons beyond your control and supported by written evidence. These refunds will be at the Language Centre Manager’s discretion.  All refunds, where agreed, will be subject to an administrative fee of £10.00 for QUB staff and students and £40 for members of the public.